Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Worth Knowing: TurningPoint helps breast cancer survivors with ‘support puzzle’ of pandemic era

One day in 2015, while riding in the car with her mother, eighth-grader Lauren Scalise overheard her mother Stephanie take a phone call. “She got this random phone call, and we pulled over so she could answer it,” said Lauren. “I was confused until she hung up the phone, looked me in the eyes and told me she had breast cancer.” The two sat by the side of the road in silence while processing what they had just learned, and then the tears flowed. “I couldn’t believe that my strong and resilient mom would be the one going through...

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Robin’s Nest: Finding our true selves in the pandemic

Faced with the COVID changes in our lives during these past months and how much time we have been left to our own without external distractions, many of us are learning a lot about ourselves. We might have discovered that we are extroverts who thrive on social interaction, or introverts who are recharged by solitude, or omniverts who are a sort of crossbreed of the two. I, for one, have realized that I am more of an “cawnfigovert,” which is to say, a person who is Content Alone When Nothing Fun Is Going On. Anyway, I liken this period...

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Dunwoody Nature Center’s new green roof provides space for native pollinators

Buzzing is now a constant sound at the Dunwoody Nature Center building as colorful flowers bloom above visitors’ heads. The nature center at 5343 Roberts Drive completed a green roof on top of its eco-classroom building this spring to help birds, bees and other pollinators and to provide environmental education for the community. Native flowers were planted on the building for the pollinators to enjoy. The roof was designed and installed by Mary Ann Uhlmann of Urban Horticulture Consulting. “There is no greater joy for me than to be on a roof and see butterflies, bees and birds,” Uhlmann...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Aug. 17

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road lane closures Aug. 14, 9 p.m., through Aug. 17, 5 a.m., eastbound between Barfield Road and Ga. 400, two right lanes. Ga. 400 ramp closures Aug. 12-14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Aug. 14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Aug....

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Dunwoody mayor to host virtual back-to-school meeting with DeKalb Schools superintendent

Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch will host a virtual back-to-school meeting with DeKalb County School District Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. The virtual meeting will be streamed on Zoom here and Facebook Live here at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13. Residents can email questions in advance to communications@dunwoodyga.gov. The meeting will focus on back-to-school plans, virtual learning and COVID-19 safety protocols. Watson-Harris started her position with DCSD on July 1 and immediately jumped into creating a COVID-19 reopening plan for the district. DCSD delayed its start date until Aug. 17 and will use remote learning until further notice. The DeKalb County...

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Rooms To Go regional headquarters to move from Dunwoody to Brookhaven

Rooms To Go is relocating its Atlanta-area headquarters in Perimeter Center just across city limits from Dunwoody into Brookhaven. The furniture retailer announced it will move into 4004 Perimeter Summit in Brookhaven at the beginning of 2021, according to a city press release. The move is less than 2 miles away from its current location at 400 Perimeter Center Terrace in Dunwoody. “We believe the new office environment in Brookhaven will help us recruit additional talented associates as we grow our Atlanta-area headquarters over the next several years,” Rooms To Go CEO Jeff Seaman said in the press release....

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State Sen. Harrell discusses COVID-19 liability, Brookhaven mayor term limits and other legislation

State Sen. Sally Harrell discussed new laws that restrict business’s COVID-19 liability and could allow unlimited terms for Brookhaven’s mayor, among other legislation, in a July 27 town hall. Harrell, whose District 40 represents parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, explained which bills passed and which bills died during the 2019-2020 session during Councilmember Madeleine Simmon’s monthly town meeting on July 27. The session had a three-month break in mid-March because of COVID-19 concerns and came back for the last 11 days of the session at the end of June, according to the Georgia House of Representatives calendar....

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses rise 25 cases

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes have risen 25 cases between the last two reports, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 891 as of the county’s Aug.4 report, as compared to 866 as of the last report on Aug. 2. As of Aug. 4, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had about 351 cases, which is up 21 cases since Aug. 2. Brookhaven’t main 30319 ZIP code had 540 cases, which is up four cases since Aug. 2....

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Dunwoody Nature Center to hold week-long, socially distanced Butterfly Experience

Instead of its annual one-day Dunwoody Butterfly Festival, the Dunwoody Nature Center will extend the festival to a week-long Butterfly Experience to socially distance participants Aug. 15-22. The nature center has limited-capacity time slots for which people can sign up to go inside a tent full of butterflies and learn about the insects. The event is $10 a person, with children 3 years old or younger free. The event will be in the North Woods Pavilion at Dunwoody Nature Center, 5342 Roberts Drive. The event will start Saturday, Aug. 15 and end Saturday, Aug. 22. Time slots will last...

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Around Town: New leader of Sandy Springs Conservancy helms park expansions

Here’s one way old suburbs are changing in the 21st century: parks. When Boyd Leake was growing up in Sandy Springs and Buckhead a half-century ago, neighborhood playgrounds could be hard to find. There were the big parks salted across the map — Chastain Park in Atlanta, Hammond Park up north of the Chattahoochee River, Murphey Candler Park over in DeKalb County — but not a lot of little neighborhood parks that a kid could easily walk or bike to. Kids played in their yards. “We were lucky living in a suburban area,” Leake said. “Everyone had a big...

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Judith Schonbak is remembered as artist, writer and naturalist

Judith Schonbak revitalized the Reporter’s arts coverage in recent years as part of a long career in writing and the arts for which family, friends and colleagues are fondly remembering her. “She was an artist, a writer and a naturalist to the core,” said a family obituary for Schonbak, who died Aug. 2 at 79. “She loved her family with a fierce passion and she was deeply connected to the natural world, tending to birds, trees and flowers of all kinds with a keen eye and protective heart. She had a way of bringing beauty to the world and...

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Reporter Newspapers arts writer killed in crash blamed on driver of stolen vehicle

Judith Schonbak, a longtime journalist and artist who wrote about the arts for the Reporter, was killed Aug. 2 in a Chamblee crash that the Georgia State Patrol says was caused by the driver of a stolen vehicle. Jonathan A. Sanchez, 20, of Atlanta is charged with murder, first-degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and other offenses, according to GSP. Further charges of kidnapping, theft and child cruelty were pending from local police, GSP said. According to GSP spokesperson Lt. Stephanie Stallings, Sanchez is accused of stealing a pickup truck from the parking lot of a business on Buford Highway. The...

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